A thread lift is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that uses dissolvable threads to lift and tighten the skin on the face and neck. The threads are inserted under the skin using a needle or cannula, and then they are tightened to lift the skin. Thread lifts are often used to treat sagging skin in the forehead, eyebrows, cheeks, and neck. They can also be used to improve the appearance of jowls and nasolabial folds (the lines that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth).
Thread lifts are a good option for people who want to improve the appearance of their aging skin without undergoing a more invasive procedure like a facelift. They are also a good option for people who want to avoid the risks and downtime associated with surgery.
Here is a more detailed explanation of how a thread lift works:
- The patient is given local anesthesia to numb the area where the threads will be inserted.
- A needle or cannula is used to insert the threads under the skin.
- The threads are tightened to lift the skin.
- The incisions are closed with stitches or skin glue.
The entire procedure typically takes about one hour. There is some swelling and bruising after a thread lift, but most people are able to return to work or their normal activities the next day. The results of a thread lift can last for one to two years.
If you are considering a thread lift, it is important to talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon to see if it is the right procedure for you. The surgeon will discuss your goals for the procedure and help you choose the type of thread lift that is best for you.